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Q: what would be a good pet for a two year old boy

April 7, 2009 | By Bernadettehunsucker | 18 answers | Expired: 1923 days ago

Bernadettehunsucker

we had a out side cat that he loved at a distance but cat went missing and i would like him to have a pet but dont know what would be best for pet and child

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Vbk180
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Apr 15, 2009

As some others have mentioned fish would probably be a good first pet. This is what my daughter had first and it helped her to understand the responsibilities that comes with a pet such as feeding. Later once she was older we got a cat and then lastly a dog. She now will feed and water the dog his breakfast and dinner on her own without having to tell her.

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Patricia  C.
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Apr 14, 2009

A dog would be good for the child, as long as it is a laid back animal that is good with children. My son had a cockerspaniel puppy at that age and it was a wonderful combination.

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a w.
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Apr 10, 2009

i think a goldfish would be a good pet: they are not difficult to pick up after. it isnt something that a child can it hurt by. they are easy to teach your child to feed with help... a puppy or kittin or even some type of hamster or bunny is not a good idea right now at this age sometimes children do not know their own strengh and i have seen accidental squishings(not a pretty sight) also a cat or dog may snap back if its tail or ears are pulled. i dont really believe in outdoor pets because of the disese that can be brought to your child from the animals being exposed to ratcoons or bats.

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Blosser
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Apr 10, 2009

I think that for your 2 year old you should get a dog. If you want a big or middle sized dog get a golder retriever. Golden retrievers are the most loyal, well behaved dogs and they love kids. You could also try getting a labrador retriever. If you are going to get a dog go to www.franklincountyhumanesociety.org or call the shelter at 636-583-4300 for adoptable pets. You can also visit them at 1222 West Main St. Union MO 63084!!!!On the left side click on " Adoptable Pets" and the you can look at the animals. If you are looking for a small dog, get a chihuahua or a shih tzu ot a jack russell terrier or any kind of terrier. GOOD LUCK!

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CheetahGirl81496
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Apr 09, 2009

I think a little dog could work for him like a shih-tzu...we have one named Sophie and she just loves little kids, I think its because that little kids are the same size as her but like a little bigger. But you really shouldn't get an outside animal that could run away because of your two year old. Just remember that shih-tzus are really good pets for toddlers!

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Jill Y.
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Apr 08, 2009

I agree with Danielle....don't get an outside animal that will just go missing again. Wait until your child is older and bring the animal indoors so they can be companions. Right now a fish tank would likely entertain more than a dog or a cat would anyway!

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Danielle W.
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Apr 08, 2009

He is too young for a pet. I think that it is cruel to have an outside pet. I hate it when people get a puppy or a kitten then when it is grown up to shove them outside. You have to think how that poor animal felt. I would get him some fish but out of reach.

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Allyson S.
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Apr 08, 2009

I would sugest a dog, but not one that is too small. You don't want something that he could hurt by sitting on or steping on. My son is 7 and he (even when we yell at him) had a tendency to push around his grandma's small dog, but playes well with the lab she has.

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Betty W.
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Apr 08, 2009

There's an old rule of thumb.. "no pet under 6 months for children under 6 years". Children unintentionally abuse small pets and require very close supervision. I agree that an older cat or dog that's been socialized with kids is the best choice. Check you local shleter. So many pets have been given up there's certain to be a dog or cat that came form a family home avialable.

I don't think it's necessary to declaw a cat because of small children. I had cats before I had my kids. The cats never intentionally clawed the boys, and if they did , it would've been deserved. Even the accidental incidents happened because they picked up the cats and wouldn't put them down when they struggled. It's a lesson quickly learned. A cat scratch isn't fatal, but they can hurt a bit.

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Cherries33
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Apr 08, 2009

I think 2 years might be a bit young because you would have to keep a very close eye on them so that neither of them got hurt. Most kittens, while adorable, are crazy little things that use their claws a lot. I agree with "Jayke" about the declawing which is truly horrible. I think you'd be better getting an adult cat or a smaller dog. In either case check with the people who work at the shelter or rescue to get information on the animal's temperament. My toy poodle loves young children as well as kittens and their are other dogs that traditionally do well with children. Take your time with the research to make sure that things will work out. You may want to take your child to zoos, rescue events or to see friend's pets for awhile so your child can have some exposure to animals until he gets older and you've found the right pet. Either way a tolerant adult pet would be best. Very small pets would be too easily injured, I think.

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